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Palliative Care Consultations

Managing an acute or complex illness can be difficult for you and your loved ones—both physically and emotionally. A consultation with a palliative medicine specialist can help you understand your prognosis and care options while also providing support to loved ones.

How to get a palliative care consultation

A consultation in palliative care can be ordered by your doctor at any time during your hospital stay. A palliative medicine physician, advanced practice nurse or social worker will visit your bedside to evaluate your condition, assess your physical and emotional needs, and answer any questions you have.

After the initial consultation with you and your family, the palliative care team will discuss recommendations with your doctor and work together to coordinate comfort care that improves your quality of life.

Along the way, our palliative medicine specialists will help you to clarify goals for your care, identify how to increase your comfort level, and connect you with support services for emotional and spiritual concerns.

We’ll work with you and your family to help reduce anxiety and stress. Our team will listen carefully to and respect your goals, preferences, and choices, with sensitivity to religious and cultural preferences.

When it’s time to go home or to another medical facility, we’ll work with you and your doctor to coordinate follow-up care for palliative care services as necessary.

Anyone can request a consultation in palliative care, but often your doctor will make the recommendation. If you think palliative care might be right for you or your loved one, please discuss with your doctor. Or call Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter at 847.467.7423 to schedule a consultation.

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Last Updated 04/10/2009